The need for high-speed rail from Liverpool to Hull, and up to Newcastle
Simon Jenkins hits the bullseye (This is a final chance to scrap HS2. The north now needs HS3, 16 April). HS2 would merely have the effect of turning Birmingham into a London suburb. We need a major investment programme in high-speed rail that runs from Liverpool to Hull, and up to Newcastle. This programme must also link up all of the cities and smaller towns in between so that people can access decent-paying jobs without having to up sticks and move away from home. Both for the sake of justice, as well as on economic grounds, such a programme should take precedence over HS2.
Frank Field MP
Independent, House of Commons